Global Football tours coaches: ‘Thanks for the memories!’

Global Football tours coaches: ‘Thanks for the memories!’

A 20th Spring Season of successful overseas tours is in the books after three American colleges traveled to Europe with Global Football in May and June. Since 1996, Global Football has provided amateur football players, coaches, families and fans the opportunity to travel and compete internationally, producing games and tours in 23 countries on 6 continents, involving 350 teams and more than 14,000 travelers. Hanover College from Indiana traveled to Ireland and on to Scotland, where they were welcomed by host opponent the East Kilbride Pirates. Central College from Iowa returned to Italy to play against the Roma Grizzlies, having first explored Greece. Luther College followed its Scandinavian roots from Iowa back to Norway, visiting Denmark along the way before facing the Norwegian national team on the football field. Now back home stateside the head coach of each Division III football program spoke enthusiastically of the opportunity to take his team to Europe for an educational and sporting endeavor. “It was definitely a great trip for everyone involved,” said Steve Baudendistel of Hanover College. “Global Football and Anthony Travel are first class organizations that made the experience for our players, and their safety, their top priority. I can’t say enough about how impressed I am with them. From the very beginning of the planning process until we made it back to campus everything was well organized and thought through. I can’t wait to travel with them again for our next trip.” Jeff McMartin of Central College said: “I want to take a minute thank you for everything you did for our football team and their families. Everyone had an...
Central College Heads To Greece And Italy

Central College Heads To Greece And Italy

Italy has become a favorite destination with Global Football always the travel coordinator of Central College, whose American football team has swapped the familiarity of Iowa to discover Greece and Italy this week. The Dutch players, coaches, staff and families arrived in Greece having left home on Monday and on Thursday will take an overnight ferry bound for Italy. Head coach Jeff McMartin leads his team against the Roma Grizzlies club team on Sunday, May 24 at the Centro Sportivo stadium, kickoff 4pm local time (10am US ET). The game will be shown live via a Livestream webcast Central is known for its robust study abroad program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Some 56 percent of Central students have at least one study abroad experience before they graduate, far exceeding the national average of 14 percent. The nine-day visit from May 18-26 includes stops in Athens, Delphi, Pompeii, Naples and Rome. “For the guys that go it is a once in a lifetime experience,” said coach McMartin. “It is a chance to see different countries with your closest friends and with coaches. You can gain cultural perspective and do it as a team. It’s a good team-building and team-bonding experience.” Central also traveled to Italy in 2007 and 2011 with Global Football and the positive experience inspired the current playing squad to continue the tradition. “We let the players pick,” explained McMartin. “We let them vote and decide on where they want to travel. The last two trips have been really good to Italy. There is a lot to see and do and it’s a very...